Concert halls should primary please the ear, not the eye

Tapio Lokki, Jukka Pätynen

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Concert halls are venues that should allow the sound to bloom and sparkle so that the audience experiences the music to the fullest. Inevitably, the experience is the combination of visual and aural perception, but the recent design trend towards vineyard or surround type halls has overemphasized the visual experience. Acoustically the vineyard halls usually offer a lot of clarity, but conversely, they have many shortcomings, such as lack of envelopment, openness, brilliance, warmth, and dynamics, in addition to challenges related to audience noises (coughing, rustling the printed program). Moreover, the seats on the side and behind the orchestra are problematic for overall balance and in particular for hearing the soloist well enough. This paper demonstrates why vineyard halls do not serve music in the best possible way and why we, as acousticians, should not design halls that do not serve the purpose of music optimally.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAuditorium Acoustics 2018
PublisherInstitute of Acoustics
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781906913311
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventAuditorium Acoustics - Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 4 Oct 20186 Oct 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Institute of Acoustics
PublisherInstitute of Acoustics
ISSN (Electronic)1478-6095


ConferenceAuditorium Acoustics
Abbreviated titleIOA AA
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